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Off to ALA and ISTE (and how to follow along when you’re #notat . . .)

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I’ll be off to New Orleans this week and then Chicago after that for my fairly regular attempt to attend two overlapping conferences. I am not complaining, but it’s good to know how to follow along or catch up with the events on your own time during and after the fact.  Last year I felt […]

Highlights Hangout launches: a sonic spin on a classic kids favorite

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Just in time for road-trip season comes the new free monthly podcast series, Highlights Hangout  Launched this week, the series is a collaboration between the makers of the popular and iconic Highlights For Children magazine (now 72-years old!) and the creators of NPR’s also popular science podcast Wow in the World, both produced in partnership with Tinkercast.com, a leading producer of educational audio. […]

The Great American Read and its sweet by-products

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I was mesmerized by the two-hour launch of PBS Great American Read campaign.  While I believe choosing one book is impossible and not actually the point of this celebration,  I was enchanted by one compelling little book talk after another.  And it was delightful to listen to people talk with such passion about their books. Yesterday, I discovered When […]

LOC introduces its Story Maps

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Around a month ago, the Library of Congress announced new curatorial strategies for interactive storytelling around its diverse collections with its Story Maps. The stories offer users engaging ways to access these collections and leverage data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and a new story platform created by ESRI a corporate leader in the areas of […]

On immersive technologies and the library: a visit with author Jamie Donally

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Imagine the possibilities. of immersive virtual field trips–a walk through the solar system, the experience of a tornado, a tour around a refugee camp of a science lab with the opportunity to fully explore, rotate and dissect a 3D model of the human body. of your students designing their own 360-degree, interactive, immersive stories with augmented […]

WalkWoke: an iOS app for your student activists (and a media literacy opp)

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Your student activists are going to love WalkWoke.The iPhone app allows for the creative of impactful political posters to print, publish or share with meme-style ease.The app was launched in January by Tangelo, a venture studio and an innovation lab with a diverse team–built and founded by immigrant women. Posters were selected for their powerful and empathetic artwork drawn by real […]

On that video about non-book reading

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A few days back I kinda jumped on a social media bandwagon reposting the Jimmy Kimmel video, Can you name a book? I cringed when I watched that video. And I had an icky feeling when I hit the Tweet button. But I did it anyway. Kimmel referred to a Pew survey released in March that explored […]

Google Science Journal: A lab in your pocket

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Sometimes an app truly demonstrates the power of mobile. Google’s Science Journal app transforms your mobile device into a little science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data and record observations from the world around them. Use it to  enhance learning in your classrooms and in the field, and to facilitate the […]

A big list of options for connecting globally

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As one school year closes and we have a little time to breathe and make plans for another. A little while back I began to collect a list of my favorite discoveries for engaging in global connections and participation for my pre-service grad students. Here’s the growing curation and below are a few highlights of […]

On wrapping it up with a meme: reflecting on the semester

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Each semester I ask my Search and the Information Landscape sections to reflect on their learning by thinking about it figuratively and metaphorically, visualizing the landscape and their place in it. This year, I added the option of a meme to the visualization menu. I wonder what would happen if you asked your students to wrap […]